Think of the Original ChopShop Co., located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Scottsdale Road in Old Town Scottsdale, as a kind of casual convenience mart for the health-conscious.
It's an easy-to-find quick-service spot where salads, wraps, and protein shakes (thankfully) take the place of microwave hot dogs, day-old doughnuts, and Big Gulps.
And the good-for-you dishes -- served from sunrise to sundown and late into the evening -- are affordable enough that you can pitch a few extra coins into the jar next to the cash register.
But I don't want to oversell the place.
Here's an excerpt from this week's review:
"Of the eight styles of sandwiches, you could skip the Moroccan turkey creation, a flavor-starved stack of meat with traces of veggies, grapes, and yogurt sauce that sounds better on paper than it tastes. There's also a chicken and prosciutto with not very much prosciutto. It would be better if weren't for a heavy-handed application of fig mostarda. Better is the grilled tri-tip, in which juicy chunks of beef meet with very good caramelized onions, Fontina cheese, mushrooms, and a nice horseradish crème. It could probably make do without the apple slices, but they aren't a deal-breaker. The best sandwich of the bunch may be the tuna salad, whose strong (but not too strong) flavor is cut with an olive tapenade and mixed with veggies for a light, earthy taste with a crunch."
Hungry for more? Read my full review of Scottsdale's Original ChopShop Co. here.